Am I Eligible?

The application criteria are simple. You must:

  • Graduate from a Stark County high school; be a Stark County resident who graduated from the ABC (A Better Chance) program; be a Stark County resident who is eligible to graduate from a Stark County high school, but chose to attend and graduate out of county; or a Stark County resident who was home schooled.

  • Enroll in school full time ( at least 12 credit hours per term) in a post high school, undergraduate degree-granting program. This includes associate degrees, technical-school and trade school programs.

  • Have and maintain minimum term and cumulative grade point averages of 2.00.

  Requirements for Receiving a Loan

To receive an undergraduate loan the student must:

  • Have the ability to perform satisfactorily in a post high school undergraduate training or college program.

  • Demonstrate the industry, determination and fortitude to graduate.

  • Show a proven need for financial assistance beyond what the applicant and family can provide.

  • Demonstrate a commitment that the money will be repaid per the terms of the loan agreement.


To receive a graduate school loan the student must:

  • Be a current Canton Student Loan Foundation loan recipient

  • Meet the criteria provided in the Loan Application packet or, if currently in repayment, speak to Canton Student Loan Foundation staff.

How Can I Apply?

To apply for a student loan:

  • File a Canton Student Loan Foundation application by June 1 prior to the beginning of your fall semester. To access the online application click here.

  • Submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA.

  • Submit letters of reference from two individuals not related to you.

  • Provide transcripts of high school and college grades. Must be final official transcripts. No copies will be accepted.

  • Provide ACT and/or SAT scores.

  • All eligible student loan applicants will be interviewed by one of our Foundation Trustees.